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  For captured ISIS fighters in Iraq, justice is swift and conviction certain   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:49:52 -0500

For captured ISIS fighters in Iraq, justice is swift and conviction certainYahoo News gets a rare look inside the courtroom where captured ISIS fighters are being tried in Iraq. The trials last about 20 minutes, convictions are virtually certain, and a lenient sentence is 15 years.



  Texts reveal two FBI officials in Russia inquiry had anti-Trump sentiments   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:22:25 -0500

Texts reveal two FBI officials in Russia inquiry had anti-Trump sentimentsPeter Strzok was dismissed from the Russia investigation when Robert Mueller found out about a series harshly critical text messages about candidate Donald Trump. The messages were made public Tuesday.



  Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory About Alabama Election Gets A Brutal Reality Check   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:30:39 -0500

Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory About Alabama Election Gets A Brutal Reality CheckHours after Doug Jones upset Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election, the far right began cooking up conspiracy theories about busloads of voters being brought in from out-of-state:   I am hearing rumors that black voters from MS were encouraged to cross over into AL and vote.



  Former press secretary shares heartbreaking memory of how Obama broke down over Sandy Hook shooting   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:16:01 -0500

Former press secretary shares heartbreaking memory of how Obama broke down over Sandy Hook shootingOn the fifth anniversary of the deadly massacre that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, former President Barack Obama's press secretary took to social media to remember the aftermath of the attack.



  On The Road Of Destruction To The Thomas Fire   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:29:07 -0500

On The Road Of Destruction To The Thomas FireIt’s Monday morning at 10 a.m., and I’m driving north up California’s famously stunning coastline toward the Thomas Fire, the largest and most uncontrolled of five massive wildfires that have brought devastation to Southern California for the past week.



  DNC chair Perez: 'I heard Charles Barkley loudly and clearly'   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:01:00 -0500

DNC chair Perez: 'I heard Charles Barkley loudly and clearly'Tom Perez suggested he agreed with Barkley’s view that Democrats have taken low-income and African-American voters “for granted.”



  Battlefield researchers uncover ISIS arsenal and weapons factory in Iraq   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:55:42 -0500

Battlefield researchers uncover ISIS arsenal and weapons factory in IraqNBC News goes into Tal Afar Iraq with a team of weapons researchers as they discover an ISIS arms cache and munitions factory that reveals the terrorists group’s sophisticated weapons program.



  North Korean 'ghost ship' washes up on shores of Japan as problem grows   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:17:25 -0500

North Korean 'ghost ship' washes up on shores of Japan as problem growsA new unmanned ship from North Korea washed Japanese shores this week with at least one dead body.



  An airplane drew a Christmas tree on a flight tracker because why not   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:04:45 -0500

An airplane drew a Christmas tree on a flight tracker because why notHow far would you go for a Christmas gif? SEE ALSO: Budweiser is one step closer to developing beer on Mars Airbus A380 — the world's largest passenger plane — carried out a very festive test flight over Germany on Wednesday, as can be viewed on flight tracker websites. An early Christmas gif from the @Airbus A380.See how Airbus drew their tree at https://t.co/YQPtQ179tG pic.twitter.com/ah1eBzFGGY — Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 13, 2017 A spokesperson for Airbus told The Telegraph that this was a regulation test flight, of which there are hundreds every year. “Thanks to the co-operation of the air traffic controllers (Eurocontrol and DFS), it was possible to fly that Christmas tree flight path," they said. “It was the idea of test pilots and engineers — an Airbus greeting to all aviation fans during this Christmas period.” Of course Airbus said it was their A380 that did the flight, but we all know it's really you, Santa. You're not fooling anyone. WATCH: This device transforms your ordinary bicycle into an e-bike in seconds



  Police hold 11-year-old girl at gunpoint and handcuff her   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:02:00 -0500

Police hold 11-year-old girl at gunpoint and handcuff her“It made me feel scared and it made me feel like I did something wrong,” Honestie Hodges told local media. COWARDLY COPS DO IT AGAIN! 11- year old Honestie Hodges was handcuffed by the Grand Rapids Police Department for walking out her back door. The incident happened in the city of Grand Rapids as the girl was preparing to leave her home to go to the shops.



  Joe Biden Says He Wishes He Had 'Been Able To Do More For Anita Hill'   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:28:46 -0500

Joe Biden Says He Wishes He Had 'Been Able To Do More For Anita Hill'Joe Biden is offering another apology to Anita Hill.



  Republicans Near Deal On Tax Cut Bill   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:08:52 -0500

Republicans Near Deal On Tax Cut BillWASHINGTON ― Even before House and Senate lawmakers held their first official meeting on Wednesday to work out differences between their tax bills, Republican tax writers were touting a tentative deal Wednesday that would likely set up final congressional passage of a compromise GOP proposal next week.



  8-year-old Imani McCray may have hung herself after seeing report of another girl's suicide   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:47:42 -0500

8-year-old Imani McCray may have hung herself after seeing report of another girl's suicideAn 8-year-old girl from New Jersey committed suicide over the weekend, and sources close to the investigation are reportedly saying she may have been inspired by a story she saw on social media.



  Video Shows Trump Supporters Saying 5-Year-Old Girl 'Looks Like' A Terrorist   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:48 -0500

Video Shows Trump Supporters Saying 5-Year-Old Girl 'Looks Like' A TerroristIn a video that went viral on Twitter, people wearing American flag-themed clothing, including one wearing a shirt supporting President Donald Trump, can be seen laughing at a Palestinian-American family who attended a pro-Palestine rally in Los Angeles on Sunday.



  Schumer pursuing legal options over fake harassment document   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:47:49 -0500

Schumer pursuing legal options over fake harassment documentWASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that he is "pursuing every legal path" against whoever circulated a forged document accusing him of sexual harassment.



  Nikki Haley Slams Iran’s Role In Yemen War, Neglects To Mention U.S. Part In Humanitarian Crisis   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:55:54 -0500

Nikki Haley Slams Iran’s Role In Yemen War, Neglects To Mention U.S. Part In Humanitarian CrisisThe U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stood before missile remnants that she claimed were covered in Iranian “fingerprints” on Thursday while laying out what she called “irrefutable evidence” that Tehran has violated its international obligations by militarily supporting rebels in Yemen.



  Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraft   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:17 -0500

Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraftA team of researchers, including Stephen Hawking, is investigating whether the first known object from outside the solar system contains the first sign of life beyond our planet.



  Geminid Meteor Shower 2017: What it is, when it's happening and where to watch it   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:22:47 -0500

Geminid Meteor Shower 2017: What it is, when it's happening and where to watch itThis week, stargazers will witness the peak of one of the year's best shooting star displays in the United States.



  Three Florida Men Charged With Animal Cruelty For Dragging a Shark Behind Their Boat   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:02:17 -0500

Three Florida Men Charged With Animal Cruelty For Dragging a Shark Behind Their BoatA video of a shark being dragged behind their speeding boat went viral in late July after a Miami sport fisherman criticized it on social media



  Epic Gingerbread House Fails Are Your New Favorite Holiday Tradition   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:17:11 -0500

Epic Gingerbread House Fails Are Your New Favorite Holiday TraditionPeople around the world are getting into the festive spirit by attempting to create their own gingerbread houses.



  US presses Thailand to downgrade ties with North Korea   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:09:26 -0500

US presses Thailand to downgrade ties with North KoreaThe US has urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea, a senior Thai official said Thursday after meeting with an American envoy, as the Trump administration pushes ahead with a global campaign to further isolate the nuclear-armed pariah state. General Wanlop Rugsanoah, secretary general of Thailand's National Security Council, told AFP the request was made during his meeting with US special envoy for North Korea Joseph Yun, who arrived in Bangkok Wednesday evening for a two-day trip to the kingdom. "The US asked Thailand to put more pressure on North Korea, put more trade and diplomatic pressure," Wanlop said after his sit-down with Yun in Bangkok.



  Lawmaker who spun history of heroics ends life in suicide   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:16:40 -0500

Lawmaker who spun history of heroics ends life in suicideFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky lawmaker's resume included enough material for an award-winning memoir: He was a peacekeeper at the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a White House chaplain to three presidents and a 9/11 first responder who gave last rites to hundreds of people at Ground Zero.



  Jesse Watters' Mother Is 'Distraught' About Her Son's Views   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:09:02 -0500

Jesse Watters' Mother Is 'Distraught' About Her Son's ViewsIf you’ve ever been distraught by something that Fox News host Jesse Watters said, you’re not alone.



  How Elon Musk’s Mars-Focused Moon Base Will Look: ‘Future Needs to Inspire’   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:47:00 -0500

How Elon Musk’s Mars-Focused Moon Base Will Look: ‘Future Needs to Inspire’The SpaceX founder has big plans for the future.



  84 Arrested At Capitol Hill Protest Against GOP Tax Bill   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:50:06 -0500

84 Arrested At Capitol Hill Protest Against GOP Tax BillFresh off an inspiring Democratic win in Alabama’s Senate race, hundreds of progressive activists, many of whom had physical disabilities, converged on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to protest the Republican tax bill.



  Indian minister warns Bollywood heavyweights over sexual exploitation   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:33:33 -0500

Indian minister warns Bollywood heavyweights over sexual exploitationIn a rare rebuke, an Indian minister on Thursday warned the country’s Bollywood film industry to comply with strict measures to combat sexual harassment, following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Maneka Gandhi, India’s federal Minister for Women and Child Development, took the unusual step of writing to 24 powerful Bollywood film producers, demanding they comply with Indian sexual harassment legislation to ensure a "safe, secure and inclusive work environment” for all employees. The letter was sent to major industry players, such as actors Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, as well as director Karan Johar.  “The aim of this law is to ensure that no woman is sexually harassed at her workplace,” Ms Gandhi said in her letter. "It is to be followed in letter and spirit by all organisations in the country," she added. "Bollywood filmmakers are ethically and legally accountable for the safety of not only their direct employees but of all outsourced and temporary staff as well." Britain's Prince William shakes hands with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan Credit: REUTERS/Rafiq Maqbool/Pool It is understood that more letters will be sent to other film producers.  Bollywood remains hugely male dominated, with men making up the vast majority of directors and veteran stars. The small handful of female directors are mostly confined to regional cinema.  After the Weinstein allegations broke, people in the film business in India were unconvinced they would have a #MeToo moment.   "What can we do?" Mukesh Bhatt, who co-heads production house Vishesh Films said. “We cannot keep moral cops outside every film office to see that no girl is being exploited.” Alankrita Shrivastava, director of critically acclaimed film Lipstick Under my Burkha said a women's protest movement was unlikely to happen in conservative Indian society. “The way men are being called out in Hollywood right now, I don’t know if it can happen in India.”  “In terms of how our psychology is, how patriarchy functions, it is much more entrenched,” she added. However, Ms Gandhi's stark warning gives women in Bollywood hope that their concerns will be heard. Last month Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar told a Mumbai tabloid she had been turned down for "several roles" as she did not give in to "unwanted advances" by producers and directors. Ms Bhaskar, 29, urged aspiring actresses to turn down roles rather than resort to the so-called "casting couch" to exchange sexual favours to advance their careers. Thousands of young Indian girls and boys gravitate to Bollywood every year with the aim of becoming actors. Swara Bhaskar complained of Bollywood's casting-couch culture Credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images They are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, not only by unscrupulous agents promising them roles which they never get, but also by lesser known stars, producers and directors making similar promises.   Hopefuls are fearful of reporting inappropriate behaviour in case it ruins their chances of breaking into Bollywood. “It is always very subtle,” Ms Bhaskar said this week. “People try to insinuate that there are 10,000 girls for one role – so what can you do?” In the wake of the #MeToo scandal, actresses including Kalki Koechlin and Richa Chadha called on Bollywood to improve its record in standing up for victims of sexual harassment and exploitation.  Sexual harassment legislation was passed in India in 2013, in response to the fatal gang rape of a 23-year old medical student on a bus in Delhi in December 2012. In November Ms Gandhi launched the online Sexual Harassment electronic-Box (SHe-Box) to register sexual harassment complaints in the workplace and to ensure the implementation of the 2013 law. She also urged all company directors to report sexual harassment cases, but activists said many victims were hesitant to register their complaints, afraid their future careers would be curtailed. Women's rights activists maintain that only 10 per cent of rape and other sexual harassment cases ever get reported in India.



  Forget Stealth Fighters: This Is the Plane China Needs to Take on America   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:35:00 -0500

Forget Stealth Fighters: This Is the Plane China Needs to Take on AmericaChina is looking to increase its air tanker fleet after its fighter jets, bombers and surveillance aircraft conducted an “island encirclement patrol” of Taiwan earlier this week. As the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) extends exercises in the Western Pacific, refueling will become a problem for its strike aircraft.



  Three-man crew returns from space station: NASA TV   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:18:40 -0500

Three-man crew returns from space station: NASA TV(Reuters) - A capsule carrying U.S., Russian and Italian astronauts from the International Space Station landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after a five-month mission, a NASA TV live broadcast showed. The spacecraft brought back Randy Bresnik from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Sergey Ryazanskiy from Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Italy's Paolo Nespoli with the European Space Agency. The capsule landed in the windswept and snow-covered steppe in Kazakhstan's central Karaganda region at 2.37 p.m. (0837 GMT). ...



  Shark Viciously Attacks Woman On Her Honeymoon   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:38:41 -0500

Shark Viciously Attacks Woman On Her HoneymoonSarah Illig’s dream honeymoon in the Bahamas turned out to be a nightmare after she was bitten by a shark.



  More than 20 IS killed in southern Syria: coalition   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:55:34 -0500

More than 20 IS killed in southern Syria: coalitionSyrian opposition forces backed by a US-led coalition killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters and took several others prisoner Thursday, military officials said. According to the coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, a vetted Syrian opposition group known as the Maghawir al-Thawra detected the fighters early Thursday in an area controlled by pro-Syrian regime forces in southern Syria, in the Al-Tanf border region. Supported by coalition forces, the Maghawir al-Thawra "quickly and professionally conducted an operation," the coalition said in a statement.



  The Latest: Homeless camp fire sparked Los Angeles blaze   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:12:57 -0500

The Latest: Homeless camp fire sparked Los Angeles blazeLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):



  8 Ways Divorce Attorneys Approach Relationships Differently   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:05:39 -0500

8 Ways Divorce Attorneys Approach Relationships DifferentlyMarried divorce lawyers have an interesting perspective on relationships.



  Keaton Jones Visits University of Tennessee Football Team as Reports Say His Dad Might Be a White Supremacist   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:54:05 -0500

Keaton Jones Visits University of Tennessee Football Team as Reports Say His Dad Might Be a White SupremacistShawn White is currently serving a three-year prison term for assault.



  Alex Jones Is Making Roy Moore Election Conspiracy Theories Even Nuttier   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:54:09 -0500

Alex Jones Is Making Roy Moore Election Conspiracy Theories Even NuttierAlex Jones has piled on to a far-right conspiracy theory that out-of-state voters were bused in to steal Alabama’s special Senate election for Democrat Doug Jones, who beat Republican Roy Moore earlier this week.



  Trump Promised a 'Giant Tax Cut for Christmas.' It May Come Even Earlier   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:14:18 -0500

Trump Promised a 'Giant Tax Cut for Christmas.' It May Come Even EarlierIt looks like lawmakers will meet President Trump's holiday deadline of passing the Republican Tax Reform plan and Democrats are not happy.



  Thursday's Morning Email: Why Millennials Are Facing The Scariest Financial Future Since The Great Depression   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:54:34 -0500

Thursday's Morning Email: Why Millennials Are Facing The Scariest Financial Future Since The Great DepressionTOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday?



  San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65: mayor's office   Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:50:27 -0500

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65: mayor's officeSan Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a champion for the technology sector and former civil rights attorney who sued the city on behalf of tenants and would go on to lead as its first Chinese American mayor, died early on Tuesday, officials said. Lee, 65, died of a heart attack, the San Francisco Examiner said. "He was a true champion for the people," U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, whose district includes San Francisco, said on Twitter.



  Haunting PSA From Sandy Hook Families Predicts 'Tomorrow's School Shooting'   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:45:51 -0500

Haunting PSA From Sandy Hook Families Predicts 'Tomorrow's School Shooting'Families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre released a powerful video this week, urging parents and teachers to help prevent another school shooting by taking action now.



  Latest Monsanto GMO seeds raises worries of monopoly   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:54:31 -0500

Latest Monsanto GMO seeds raises worries of monopolyThe rapid growth of Monsanto's new GMO seeds resistant to the controversial herbicide dicamba has revived worries about the company's stranglehold over farming during a period of industry consolidation. Long a producer of dicamba, Monsanto last year introduced genetically-modified cotton and soybean seeds that can resist the weed killer. The products took off, amassing more than 20 percent of US soybean fields and 50 percent of US cotton fields in just two years, according to Monsanto data.



  Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:26:00 -0500

Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in southMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in the south by a year after the military warned that terrorist threats continue to lurk in the region despite the defeat of a disastrous pro-Islamic State group siege.



  Marijuana compound is harmless and should be available, WHO says   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:49:00 -0500

Marijuana compound is harmless and should be available, WHO saysA compound derived from marijuana has health benefits and should not be subject to government restrictions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions and that it “is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids,” it added. The decision was not an endorsement of medical marijuana.



  Gift Card Scam: Crooks Can Drain the Money Off Your Cards   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:59:15 -0500

Gift Card Scam: Crooks Can Drain the Money Off Your CardsGift cards are hotter than roasted chestnuts this yule season. Six in ten consumers have gift cards on their Christmas shopping list, according to a survey of 7,349 consumers for the National Ret...



  Patton Oswalt's First Christmastime With New Wife Is Pretty Adorable   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:29:15 -0500

Patton Oswalt's First Christmastime With New Wife Is Pretty AdorablePatton Oswalt appears to have this blended family thing on lock.



  Standing in front of missile fragments, US ambassador accuses Iran of arming Yemen's rebels   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:51:26 -0500

Standing in front of missile fragments, US ambassador accuses Iran of arming Yemen's rebelsThe US ratcheted up tensions with Iran on Thursday by publicly accusing the Islamic Republic of supplying illegal weapons to a rebel group in Yemen and “fanning the flames of conflict” across the Middle East. Standing before the twisted remains of a missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels into Saudi Arabia, UN ambassador Nikki Haley said the US was taking the “extraordinary step” of declassifying American intelligence about Iran’s activities.  “We did this for a single urgent purpose: because the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to engage in its lawless behaviour any longer,” Mrs Haley said at a briefing at a US airbase outside Washington DC. “The fight against Iranian aggression is the world’s fight. The US is acting today in the spirit of transparency and international cooperation that is necessary to defeat this threat.” She said Iran had provided ballistic missiles, small arms and explosive boats to the Houthi rebels, who are battling against Saudi Arabia and the internationally-recognised government of Yemen, which was toppled in 2015. Remains of an alleged Iranian drone on display by the US government  Credit: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas But while the presentation in front of the remains of the Qiam ballistic missile was dramatic, Mrs Haley was vague about what the US intended to do next or what it hoped to see happen at the UN.  She said the US would talk with other nations at UN Security Council about “next steps” and was inviting diplomats and members of Congress to visit the airbase warehouse to see the American evidence for themselves.   “You will see us build a coalition to really push back against Iran and what they’re doing,” she said.  Donald Trump, cheered on by Israel and Saudi Arabia, has taken a rhetorical hardline against Iran since taking office and has added some new sanctions on Tehran. But so far Mr Trump has not pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, despite calling it “the worst deal ever”.  The Trump administration has also promised to more aggressively confront Iran on issues beyond the nuclear question, including Iran’s support for internationally-recognised terrorist groups like Hizbollah.  US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley unveils previously classified information intending to prove Iran violated UNSCR 2231 Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images Mrs Haley said the missile was fired on November 4 from Yemen towards Riyadh’s international airport and bore signs of Iranian production, including a lack of stabiliser fins and specific valve configurations. “The weapon might as well have ‘Made in Iran’ stickers all over it,” she said.  Her claims tracked with a report released recently by the UN, which also concluded that the weapon had Iranian parts. However, the UN was more cautious in accusing Iran’s government of direct involvement because of the missile parts. Mrs Haley said the weapon was proof that Iran was violating UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which forbids it from developing missiles that could theoretically be used to deliver a nuclear weapon. Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, tweeted shortly afterwards comparing Mrs Haley's presentation to that made by Colin Powell, then US secretary of state, in the run up to the 2003 Iraq war.  When I was based at the UN, I saw this show and what it begat... pic.twitter.com/2sAsMB6o4m— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 14, 2017 The accusations are likely to thrill Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of backing the Houthi rebels and has argued that its war in Yemen is about countering Iranian aggression in its own backyard. It has been criticised for its heavy airstrikes on Yemen and a blockade that has left seven million people on the brink of famine.  Mr Trump has been reluctant to publicly criticise Saudi Arabia but last week he made an unexpected call for Riyadh to lift its blockade and "allow food, fuel, water, and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it".   Analysts have been sceptical of the Saudi argument, saying that Iran’s actual military support for the Houthis has been fairly limited and that the war broke out in 2014 because of local factors rather than Iranian manipulation.   “The evidence for the missile having been produced in Iran is compelling,” said Dr Elisabeth Kendall, senior research fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Oxford.  Houthi rebels walk amid the rubble of the Republican Palace that was destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes, in Sanaa, Yemen Credit: AP Photo/Hani Mohammed “However, it is important to point out that, while Iran’s involvement in some capacity (not necessarily the Iranian government) in providing assistance to Yemen’s Houthis is not in doubt, Iran was not the military game changer at the start of the Houthi surge in 2014.”  Iran has tried to paint itself as a moderate force in the Middle East while the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia are the aggressors.  “Unfortunately, for the past 11 months, the response to Iran’s good faith has been tantrums from the Trump administration,” Mr Zarif, wrote in the New York Times. “As Iran and its partners labor to put out fires, the arsonists in our region grow more unhinged.” 



  Minnesota's next senator: Quiet organizer came late to power   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:22:22 -0500

Minnesota's next senator: Quiet organizer came late to powerST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The woman who will be Minnesota's next U.S. senator is a largely behind-the-scenes player who came to elected office late in her career and passed up a major shot at power just a few months ago.



  Legionnaires' Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:45:56 -0500

Legionnaires' Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.Health officials are increasingly concerned about the continuous uptick of Legionnaires’ disease cases, which have risen steadily since 2000.



  Native American Activists Create Spoof Website To Call For Redskins Name Change   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:23:28 -0500

Native American Activists Create Spoof Website To Call For Redskins Name ChangeFor a few hours on Wednesday morning, a small group of Native American activists convinced the internet that Washington’s professional football franchise had finally decided to change its racist “Redskins” team name.



  China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula   Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:29:11 -0500

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsulaBy Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The crisis over North Korea's weapons programs must be resolved through talks, not war, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict. Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tillerson's offer of direct contacts with North Korea was "a very good signal" while warning that any U.S. strike on the country would have catastrophic consequences.



  Funeral held in San Antonio for slain San Marcos officer   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:35:19 -0500

Funeral held in San Antonio for slain San Marcos officerSAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas police officer who was fatally shot last week was a compassionate man who loved being a police officer and a father, mourners recalled Wednesday at his funeral.



  Family Grows From 5 Members to 11 After the Birth of Sextuplets   Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:03:35 -0500

Family Grows From 5 Members to 11 After the Birth of SextupletsThe three boys and three girls are expected to remain in the NICU for the next month.